The art of gift giving can be both joyful and hard to navigate—so we’re here to help. We’ve scoured the shelves (virtual and IRL) for the most coveted healthy and personalized presents for every member of your friend group. Prepare to add to cart and make your BFFs very happy.
From your BFF who’s got an app for everything to your Fitbit-obsessed significant other, it’s safe to say you’ve got a few tech lovers on your holiday shopping list. (Make that a lot.)
So this season, we teamed up with Peloton, inventor of the next-gen exercise bike at the intersection of fitness and tech, to zero in on the items that make it easier to prioritize wellness. And we’re not just talking cool gadgets—we’re talking tech with health goals in mind, so your loved ones can reap all the benefits into the new year and beyond.
What’s on deck? Think state-of-the-art blenders (what’s up, kale smoothies), home infrared saunas (bye, toxins), and upgraded facial tools (next stop, glowing complexion)—to name a few.
Whether you’re looking for the ultimate gift (or to #treatyoself to a few self-care bonuses), we’ve rounded up all the the seriously smart goods for the good-for-you-life.
Read on for all of the high-tech must-haves this holiday season.
Not all tech has to come with a battery life. Case in point: these sleek leggings, which include a special inside coating that pulls heat away from the body, keeping you cool through even the sweatiest boot camp class. Got a Bikram yoga lover on your list? The moisture-wicking fabric will be her new best friend.
The Peloton Bike, $1,995*
For serious fitness buffs, choosing to do an amped-up workout isn’t the problem—it’s finding the time for one. The answer? This technologically advanced indoor exercise bike, which delivers tough, ridiculously fun group cycling classes on your schedule.
But convenience isn’t the only perk—there are so many reasons to gift the Peloton Bike. For starters, you get access to over 3,000 live and on-demand classes via video screen, which means there’s a never-ending rotation of instructor-led routines (ranging from ’90s Hip Hop to scenic rides) at your fingertips. Basically, it brings a boutique fitness class to your living room.
And for those who shell out for in-studio classes a couple times a week, this game-changer pays for itself in just a few months (without the worry of sign-ups and class limits). All the more reason to gift it to a cardio junkie you live with—so you can get in on the action, too.
*Plus 12-month subscription at $39/month for unlimited access to Peloton classes
NuFACE Mini, $199
This nifty facial device is like a workout for your face. The travel-friendly tool uses FDA-approved microcurrent technology to send gentle electric pulses through your skin, which is said to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and energize facial muscles for a lifting effect. It’s practically like giving your skin care-obsessed friend a personal esthetician—if that esthetician fit in a bathroom drawer.
Specifically designed to process tough ingredients like frozen fruit, leafy greens, and protein powders, this petite blender is a major upgrade in the smoothie department (the laser-cut, stainless-steel blades help). Fiber-filled snack post-Peloton ride? Done and done. Plus, the single-serve edition includes a to-go cup so you can blend and go—and hit the office every morning with green juice du jour in hand. And for Barefoot Contessa wannabes, chopping veggies or whipping up soups and dressings is a breeze.
Fitbit Charge 2, $150
The most comprehensive wearable in the Fitbit family, the Charge 2 delivers a continuous stream of intel to keep anyone on top of their wellness game. That includes tracking steps, heart rate, calories burned, and stationary time throughout the day, as well offering guided breathing sessions and in-depth sleep data. Plus, this lavender and rose gold special-edition looks chic with everything from shredded leggings to a cashmere coat.
Who doesn’t love steaming in a sauna post-workout? This home-version boasts far-infrared technology, buzzy for its detoxifying and circulation-boosting properties. Infrared heat is purportedly directly absorbed by muscles, raising your body’s core temperature to improve blood flow (a benefit that aids your immune system and kickstarts muscle recovery—so workout addicts can hop off their Peloton Bike and go into instant relaxation mode). Oh yeah, and it’s a ridiculous luxury for anyone to have in their own abode.
Fresh herbs are an integral part of any clean kitchen—but keeping them alive is a whole other story, especially for those who work crazy hours or travel a lot.
With this indoor garden, though, there’s no green thumb necessary: It’s equipped with built-in sensors to provide the optimal amount of light and oxygen, so all you have to do is plug it in and fill the tank (one fill can last weeks). And on top of the usual herbal go-tos, Click & Grow also offers seed pods for more obscure vitamin-boosters, like red shiso and mustard leaves.
Consider this super cool monitor your personal air-quality assistant. With internal sensors that measure CO2 and volatile organic compound (VOC) toxicity levels as well as temperature and humidity, the Foobot tracks allergens and pollutants in your home via a smartphone app (so you can adjust purifiers and thermostats accordingly). By creating what is essentially a clean air command center in your loved ones’ home, this gift might just help them sleep easier, as well as breathe easier.
Somadome Meditation Pod, starting at $25,000
Some people like to meditate, and then some people like to meditate. For the latter, may we suggest this personal pod, which offers the Four Seasons of chill-out spaces? With noise-canceling headphones so you can drown out environmental distractions, a selection of eight guided or unguided meditation tracks, and a tech-enabled color and light experience designed to lower cortisol levels, it’s an insulated Zen zone fit for a meditation queen (or king).
The soundtrack? Specific beat frequencies designed to mimic the gongs of Tibetan monks, which are said to pave the way for deeper meditative states and mental clarity.
Philips Wake-Up Light, $170
The next best thing to waking up to sunlight streaming through your window? Waking up to simulated sunlight. For those who work early hours (or just deal with gloomy winters), this alarm clock offers a better way to start the day than a jarring iPhone ringer.
The gradual increase in light is designed to mimic a natural sunrise and triggers your body’s internal cues to wake gradually. The soothing light also uses optional sounds (like singing birds or ocean waves), and at night, it slowly dims to let bookworms know it’s time for bed.
To learn more about the groundbreaking technology behind the Peloton Bike, go to Peloton.com
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